At the end of May the tenor and bass sections of The Blue Coat School Choir were invited to sing with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir (of which a number of our sopranos and altos are members) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the Vasily Peterenko as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic’s closing down concert at the Philharmonic Hall.
The concert, called ‘Bringing Down the House’ saw twenty-one boys united as one baritone section performing Benjamin Britten’s ‘Welcome Ode’, a work written for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ipswich during July 1977, her silver jubilee year.
Here are just some of the reviews of the performance:
“Britten’s Welcome Ode made an attractive opener. His last completed work… certainly deserves an occasional airing, and it was given in style by Petrenko with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.” David Fanning in the Daily Telegraph
“The Philharmonic Youth Choir and The Blue Coat School Boys Choir provided freshness in the opening Britten (Welome Ode)…” Catherine Jones in the Liverpool Echo
“The programme opened with a sparkling account of Benjamin Britten’s final work – a resplendent, Purcellian ode for Queen Elizabeth, completed shortly before his death…” Alfred Hickling in The Guardian
“The voices of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and Blue Coat School Boys Choir rang out in exuberant canons and roundels in Britten’s Welcome Ode.” The Times
Photo Credits: Mark McNulty